America's Cup: Kiwis Search for Silver Linings (Infographic!)
The above tweet was conceived, composed, and committed to Internet permanence moments after New Zealand dropped its eighth consecutive race to salt away the America's Cup in one of the greatest comebacks/chokes since the tortoise and the hare.
Bugger. #AmericasCup-- John Key (@johnkeypm) September 25, 2013
There are, undoubtedly, many Kiwis who feel this way. And John Key is their leader. Yes, Key is the prime minister of New Zealand. Well, bugger. Why can't we have a prime minister who does things like this?
So, what do you do when you invest $30.1 million in government money in hopes of hosting the next America's Cup -- only to lose it in historic fashion? You come up with an infographic, naturally.
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Some 212 companies shuttled through San Francisco (32 more than government officials told us about even last week). All of the boats featured in the run-up and event finals that didn't come to pieces in a lethal wreck were largely or entirely built in New Zealand. The tiny nation's tech and maritime industries have been established as world leaders. Even Larry Ellison has bought in; he owns one of the major Kiwi carbon fiber fabrication companies.
But that's small consolation to a sailing-mad nation that was just one race away from capturing its ultimate prize. So, here's some smaller consolation, as devised by the Kiwis themselves:
- Emirates Team New Zealand set the record for the fastest speed during 2013 America's Cup racing, hitting 47.6 knots on the San Francisco Bay in September.
- Kiwi sailors make up over 30 percent of the four racing teams at the America's Cup.
- 8,800 key influencers, business partners and guests in the Bay Area attended over 86 events showcasing the best of New Zealand.
- Renowned San Francisco waterfront restaurant, Waterbar, served as the country's flagship restaurant, serving a complete menu of New Zealand food, wine and beverages. Waterbar sold over 11,000 New Zealand oysters and 2,000 bottles of Kiwi wine over the course of the America's Cup.
- New Zealand pop-up restaurant, Waiheke Island Yacht Club, sold over 3,086 pounds of New Zealand lamb throughout the America's Cup.
- Emirates Team New Zealand distributed 10,000 New Zealand flags in San Francisco throughout the Cup, signaling widespread support from fans across the Bay and all over the world.
And here's that infographic:
Alas, you plucky Kiwis. We miss you already.